First time Incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AllisonD, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. AllisonD

    AllisonD In the Brooder

    Apr 27, 2012
    Hey, all. We lost some hens to a raccoon and are considering replacing them by hatching some babies. We've never incubated before and we have an old-fashioned styrofoam incubator that we can borrow. Here's my question: I know humidity is important, and we live in Western Washington, and the humidity here, particularly during the fall, winter, and spring, is often in between 50% and 90%... today we're looking at 89% relative humidity. I know it's slightly lower inside, and even lower inside a heated incubator, but will we have to worry about adding moisture? Will the high ambient humidity hamper the evaporation of the liquid inside the egg during incubation?
  2. cmfarm

    cmfarm Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    I would suggest you get a good hygrometer. That way you can tell exactly what it is inside.

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